Digging For Fire

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Digging for Fire finds director/co-writer Joe Swanberg working from a familiar palette, but in ways that suggest he's taking new and exciting strides as a filmmaker.



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Tim and Lee are married with a young child. The chance to stay at a fancy home in the Hollywood Hills is complicated by Tim's discovery of a bone and a rusty old gun in the yard. Tim is excited by the idea of a mystery, but Lee doesn't want him to dig any further, preferring that he focus on the family taxes, which he promised to do weeks ago. This disagreement sends them on separate and unexpected adventures over the course of a weekend, as Tim and his friends seek clues to the mystery while Lee searches for answers to the bigger questions of marriage and parenthood.


Sam Elliott
as Pop Pop
Judith Light
as Grandma
Jenny Slate
as Yoga Couple
Timothy C. Simons
as Yoga Couple
Jane Adams (II)
as Woman on Beach
Chris Messina
as Billy T.
Jeff Baena
as BB Gun Friend
Tom Bower
as Neighbor
Megan Mercier
as Uber Driver #1
Aislinn Plair
as Squiggy and Bob's Daughter
Noah Nelson
as Squiggy and Bob's Son
David Siskind
as Uber Driver #2
David Bly
as Waiter
Miguel Arteta
as Bartender
Elizabeth Bayer
as Restaurant Patron
Bob Brauer
as Restaurant Patron
Liza Boone
as Restaurant Patron
Scott Bray
as Restaurant Patron
Michelle Gallagher
as Restaurant Patron
Luis Fernando Hoyos
as Restaurant Patron
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  • The movie has been dedicated to Paul Mazursky, the great radiologist of American social interplay who died last year. But Swanberg is still murmuring where Mazursky could speechify, gesticulate, and shout, sometimes in the same sequence.

    Sep 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Conversations drift and weave, as do the people having them. Narcissistic melancholy dukes it out with beer-and-pot-stoked merriment. There is longing. There is foolhardiness.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While you're watching it, "Digging for Fire" may feel slight or tentative, but its cumulative impact is entrancing. Few films about a marital rift make so much of what seems so little.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it has its charms, Swanberg is tilling soil here that has been churned since humanity began, and he doesn't come up with very much that's new.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • "Digging for Fire" is a pleasant escape - an attractively shot, gracefully edited and, finally, emotionally satisfying mystery about the nature of marriage itself.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, for as much dialogue as "Digging for Fire" has, the film doesn't go into much depth about Tim and Lee's true feelings about marriage and their lives.

    Aug 27, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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